Week of March 26

Fear of failure will absolutely destroy you.  You walk down the middle of the street.  You never take chances.  You never go down the little side streets.  You look at them say "That looks interesting.  But I don't know that street.  I'll stay right here and just walk this straight line."

Jack Lemmon


Week of March 19

I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now.  It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.  We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices.  I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.

Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde


Week of March 12

Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me.  It's like being possessed.  You try to go to sleep, but the song won't let you.  So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep.  It's always in the middle of the bloody night, or when you're half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off.  So letting go is what the whole game is.  Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away.  You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away.  You can never grasp them.

John Lennon


Week of March 5

It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of "culture."

John Cage


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